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'F-82 82/27 I: QATAR OIL' [‎153r] (330/730)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (361 folios). It was created in 11 Sep 1925-23 Feb 1934. It was written in English and Arabic. The original is part of the British Library: India Office The department of the British Government to which the Government of India reported between 1858 and 1947. The successor to the Court of Directors. Records and Private Papers.

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each group had undertaken not to seek concessions
individually in certain areas which included Qatar. The
Anglo-Persian Oil Company could not, therefore, take up a
concession themselves. They proposed, however, in agree
ment with the Iraq Petroleum Company, to obtain the
concession in their own name, and then assign it to the
Iraq Petroleum Company. He thought that if the Anglo-
Persian Oil Company did not move quickly there was danger
that Major Holmes and his associates would forestall them
and obtain a concession for American interests. He was
anxious to avoid the same situation arising in Qatar as
had arisen in Kuwait.
Mr. Rendel observed that His Majesty's Government had
originally thought that the Anglo-Persian Oil Company were
seeking a concession for themselves, and he pointed out
that the fact that the Anglo-Persian Oil Company were
merely acting on behalf of the Iraq Petroleum Company made
it desirable, in his opinion, that His Majesty's Goverrment
should consider at once what their position was in the
light of this new information. The Anglo-Persian Oil
Company were an all-British concern, whereas the Iraq
Petroleum Company, though it was registered in Great
Britain, was an international concern. While the Foreign
Office would certainly raise no objection to the Iraq
Petroleum Company obtaining the concession, there had been
a good deal of difficulty in the past about non-British
concepis obtaining oil concessions in the Persian Gulf Historically used by the British to refer to the sea area between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. Often referred to as The Gulf or the Arabian Gulf. ,
and it woula be unfortunate if, after His Majesty's
Government had agreed to Mr. Sampson negotiating a
concession with the Sheikh with full knowledge that the
concession was to go to the Iraq Petroleum Company
difficulties were subsequently to be raised over, for
instance, such questions as the so-called "safeguards".
Mr. Starling/

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The volume contains correspondence between the Political Agent A mid-ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Agency. at Bahrain and the Political Resident A senior ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul General) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Residency. at Bushire, the Shaikh of Qatar and the Anglo-Persian Oil Company (APOC) representatives, including Haji 'Abdullah Williamson, the Colonial Office and the Secretary of State for Colonies in London, regarding geologic surveys of Qatar and Trucial States, the concession of an exploration license in 1926 and its renewal with an agreement between the ‘Abdullāh bin Jāsim Āl Thānī, Sheikh of Qatar, and APOC, in 1932 (folios 57-59).

The volume also contains notes of meetings and correspondence regarding the early stages of the negotiations for the oil concession in Qatar, and the 1933 draft oil concessions (folios 120-125 and 248-268), with comments.

There are documents in Arabic, mainly letters to and from the Sheikh of Qatar. Some of the documents in the volume are marked as confidential.

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1 volume (361 folios)
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The documents in the volume are mostly arranged in chronological order. There are notes at the end of the volume, (folios 331-345). The file notes are arranged chronologically and refer to documents within the file; they give a brief description of the correspondence with reference numbers in red crayon, which refer back to that correspondence in the volume.

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The foliation is written in pencil, circled, and can be found in the top right corner of the recto The front of a sheet of paper or leaf, often abbreviated to 'r'. side of each folio.

The numbering commences at the first folio with 1, 1A, 1B, 1C and 1D; then 2-47; 48 and 48A; 49-97; 98, 98A, 98B and 98C; 99-283; 284 and 284A; 285-308; 309 and 309A; 310-313; 314 and 314A; 315-337; 338 and 338A and terminates with 349, which is the last number given to the final folio of the volume.

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English and Arabic in Latin and Arabic script
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